“Obama has large ears, a wide nose with a fleshy tip, which shines in camera lights when he talks to reporters; nearly shaved black hair that if grown out would resemble a microphone puff; purple lips; a long jaw which also shines in the light. If, as Orwell said, everyone has the face he deserves at fifty, Obama, who is only forty-two, has got a serious head start.”
What would you say if a reporter wrote something like the quote above? Most people would be appalled at what appears to be a very racist description of our President. But ask yourself these questions: If Obama wasn’t black, would you be offended? If Obama was white, would this description even matter? Finally, if redirected at a black Republican, would you have even noticed? The answers to these questions are all the same: NO.
What happens when the physical character of a person is attacked? When all other attacks have been employed, one who is devious enough might twist around their finger a different method of character killing. Well, look no further than to David Denby of The New Yorker, who penned a column with quite a unique take on Ted Cruz.
“Cruz has large ears; a straight nose with a fleshy tip, which shines in camera lights when he talks to reporters; straight black hair slicked back from his forehead like flattened licorice; thin lips; a long jaw with another knob of flesh at the base, also shiny in the lights. If, as Orwell said, everyone has the face he deserves at fifty, Cruz, who is only forty-two, has got a serious head start.”
What else is this piece but a thinly veiled attack on Ted Cruz as a human being? What does something like Denby’s piece accomplish? I’ll tell you what it accomplishes: it paints Ted Cruz as a villain. Every descriptive bit in Denby’s column mirrors something gross or ugly. Large ears make him seem stupid, a bulbed nose that shines with oil reads as seedy or unscrupulous, and thick, black hair, slicked back like every villain in every bond movie ever comes across as basically evil. So here we have seedy, unscrupulous, stupid, and evil. In one paragraph, Denby has made Cruz into a 1920’s silent movie bad guy, twisting his mustache as he ties the damsel to the train tracks. And—in case his sublimely subtle description didn’t make his point already—he just hits the final nail right on the head with his Orwell comparison.
Ted Cruz is a Conservative hero. The Left hates that with every fiber of its being (yes, I speak of all Liberals as if they’re one glob, because they pretty much are). The Left has already exhausted many avenues of attack, and found them to be rather useless, so it has fallen to slamming his basic appearance. Pathetic. However, it is good to know that the Left has resorted so quickly to shallow attacks, because it means they don’t have any ammo in reserve.
Let’s harken back to the beginning of this article with a simple comparison. Would you ever see a description of Obama like the one I wrote above? No. If you did, the person responsible would be run out of town with pitchforks and torches. But it’s perfectly acceptable to paint a Republican with unwarranted and gross physical characteristics. Yes, Ted Cruz is indeed a minority, but he’s just a Republican, so it’s no big deal.
Foul hypocrisy at its finest.